6 Priorities for Sponge Cities

International and Chinese experts got together in Beijing to discuss Sponge Cities in China and its relevant policy recommendations. But what can we actually learn from the discussion? Here are 6 key priorities that emerged.

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WFC Future of Cities Salon on Sponge Cities in Beijing in April 2016

The second session of the World Future Council Future of Cities Salons series was held in Beijing on 26th April 2016. The event titled China-Germany Dialogue on the Sponge City: Resilient and Regenerative allowed Chinese and international experts to come together and discuss the concept of the Sponge City in front of several members of the local press. The concept of the Sponge City has gained particular attention in China as an attempt to define an effective model to tackle, among other issues, the increase in inner city floods experienced by many cities in China. Extreme weather events, such as more intensive rainstorms, are actually expected to become increasingly frequent as a direct effect of climate change. Hence the urgency to find effective ways to deal with this growing risk.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

What Tanzania can learn from Bangladesh on energy access

Tanzanian delegation visting SHS in Faridpur, Bangladesh

Tanzanian delegation visting SHS in Faridpur, Bangladesh

“I have a dream of empowering 75 million people of Bangladesh through Renewable Energy Technologies”. This is how, back in 1996, Dipal C. Barua, now founder of the Bright Green Energy Foundation, decided to start expanding RE in Bangladesh and make the country the first solar nation of the world by 2020. …continue reading →

April 28, 2016   No Comments

Appeal – No more delays: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy now

No more delays: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy now

In mid-April the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) formally submitted its draft proposal for the Renewable Energy Act 2016 (EEG 2016). This marks the beginning of the official political process to convert the successful Feed-in Tariff law into a tendering model. Numerous experts and politicians are concerned that this in fact slows down the German Energiewende and, consequently, puts at stake meeting the country`s climate protection targets. Hereby Germany risks losing its global pioneering role on this important issue. Due to this reason, Members of the Bundestag across all represented parties, as well as the mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann, (SPD) and the Member of the European Parliament Jo Leinen (SPD) have formulated the following appeal to the German federal government: …continue reading →

April 21, 2016   No Comments